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May 15, 2024

Lake Linden-Hubbell runner Sam Roberts handed the baton over to teammate Matthew Jokela during the 800-meter relay at the Houghton High School track, with the Lakes winning the event. This moment was captured by photographer David Archambeau for the Gazette.

The Copper Country Invitational held at Houghton High School saw new school records being set by athletes from Lake Linden-Hubbell and Chassell, both with close family ties. Senior sprinter Matthew Jokela from Lake Linden-Hubbell broke the long-standing 200-meter and 400-meter school records, previously set in 1990 and 1969, respectively. Jokela’s dedication to off-season training paid off as he set new records for both events.

Following in her brother’s footsteps, junior Emily Jokela also set new school records in the 200 and 400-meter dashes. The Jokela siblings were not the only ones making history, as Chassell junior Kalvin Kytta broke his brother’s and coach’s school record in the 1600-meter and set a new standard in the 800-meter run as well.

Kolson Kytta, Kalvin’s brother and coach at Chassell, had previously held the record for the 1600-meter, which Kalvin surpassed by two seconds. Additionally, Kalvin broke a 40-plus-year record in the 800-meter run. Both Matthew and Emily Jokela, along with Kalvin Kytta, showcased their talent and set new benchmarks in their respective events at the invitational.

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